(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 9: André Salvador And the Von Kings

André Salvador And the Von Kings

Describing themselves as Craft Batch Indie Rock, Brooklyn’s Andre Salvador and the Von Kings are built around the songs of Tim Cheplick. Their debut album takes inspiration from the likes of Elliot Smith, Camper Van Beethoven and Big Star and delivers something fresh, new and yet altogether comfortable and reassuring. Born in Wisconsin but raised on the East Coast, Cheplick has largely spent his time with a singular focus on making music wherever he is. Recording and putting out music under different monikers, Cheplick adopted the current band name and self-released Rock and Roll Springtime in 2016. A follow-up, This Is Play, came in 2017, the first to include Paul Provenzano who answered a “Drummer Wanted” flier in a record store for a gig on his birthday. For their debut LP on label Last Night From Glasgow, Cheplick and Provenzano headed to Nashville to record with producer Robin Eaton (Lionlimb, the Spinto Band) at Club Roar Studios. Here they laid the foundation for a new batch of songs, recording rhythm guitar and drums which Cheplick took home to build on and craft a close approximation of what he heard in his head.

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 8: Permanent Vacation

Permanent Vacation

Permanent Vacation was born in Rome, Italy. It’s the music project of U.K. singer/songwriter Chris Marks and U.S. writer/vocalist Juliette Rapp. The two met in Rome at an unlikely time, right before the global pandemic brought the world to it’s knees and stopped time.
During Italy’s nationwide lockdown, the two found themselves staring out the window at cobblestone streets, trapped inside with so much world surrounding them to be explored. Chris had been working on his own musical project at the time, titled Lake Michigan, when he asked Juliette to record some backing vocals.
After finishing work on that particular release and exploring new influences and creative methods, a new and collaborative project began to materialize.
Permanent Vacation is intimate, raw and meditative, comprising of field recordings from the streets of Rome as a backdrop. Their songs are stories about daily life and the human condition.
So far they released two singles and an e.p., “Blue Moon”.
Their new single “Caretakers” will be on their debut album coming out with Z Tapes in a few weeks.

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 7: Jessica

Jessica

Jessica started her music career with the folk-noir duo Jep and Dep who over the last 5 years have supported some spellbinding acts such as Jessica Pratt, Johnny Marr, Low, Mirel Wagner and Aldous Harding, toured Europe twice and released two critically acclaimed albums.
Her debut The Space Between takes listeners on a slow, haunting ride down the river of sorrow. The album explores the theme of loss and memory and her curiosity for the nature of things passing. The album highlights Jessica’s sublime and ethereal vocal range and layered harmonies, which at times become lyric-less and all about the expression, reminiscent of Beth Gibbons and Elizabeth Fraser from the Cocteau Twins. The vocals sit deliberate and mournful throughout the album, coupled with a bare reverbed-out electric guitar and baroque pop orchestration, the album brings a heavy vibration of beauty and escape. The album was mixed, mastered, recorded and produced by Darren Cross (Gerling/Jep and Dep) from his Bernstein Studios over the last 5 months of Covid (March to August 2020).
“The Space Between” is out now.

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 6: The Last Dinosaur

The Last Dinosaur

The Last Dinosaur (a musical collective headed by and the brainchild of songwriter Jamie Cameron) returns with his new album “Wholeness”, the third Lp which follows on from critically acclaimed second album “The Nothing” in 2017 and the debut album “Hooray! For Happiness” in 2010.
“Music has always been everything to me,” Cameron elaborates. “It was all I ever truly cared about.” Born in 1984, he grew up a shy, sensitive child in a seemingly contented family in the Essex countryside, drawing comics, making home videos, developing an interest in photography, and immersing himself in a wild variety of different sounds. Initially inspired by his father, who took the family to Cropredy every year to nurse his passion for English folk music – from Fairport Convention to Fotheringay – Cameron soon expanded his horizons to include bands like The Blue Nile, Tears for Fears, Dead Can Dance, World Party, Crowded House and REM, all acts notable for their sincerity, though their effects on his own music are otherwise opaque. “Melody and harmony do something magical to me,” he explains. “I used to sit at the back of the people carrier on drives to France, quietly singing along to the holiday mixtape in a pathetic, weak falsetto to myself, harmonising with the main vocal.”
“Wholeness” is out now.

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 5: The Very Most

The Very Most

The Very Most is an indiepop musical project from Boise, Idaho, USA that has been around, in one form or another, since 2002.
Jeremy Jensen writes the songs, sings a lot of them, and plays most of the instruments. The music is influenced by The Smiths, The Beach Boys, Belle and Sebastian, Magnetic Fields, Stereolab, Built to Spill and New Order, but reviewers mention a lot of other bands too.
“The Very Most Needs Help” is out now.

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